An autosampler belts out Deck the Halls

We are feeling real Christmas-y today, folks. This is a pretty cool video showing a chemistry lab autosampler being used to produce Deck the Halls, almostly flawlessly. The autosampler is the Teledyne CETAC Technologies ASX-7600. We'd buy one but it's a big price to pay for a piano or zither or whatever it is pretending to be.

The Empire Strikes Back Featurette: How Walkers Walk with Dennis Muren

Just saw this recent video posting with Dennis Muren looking back on how Industrial Light & Magic animated the AT-AT walkers from The Empire Strikes Back's Battle of Hoth sequence -- and the inspiration for the techniques used.

Sabotage has a new trailer

Merry Christmas. Nothing says "tis the season" like a drug war, Arnie hitting things, Arnie shooting at things, and Mexican cartels kidnapping your loved ones. Pass the nog, bro, and let's watch the awesome follow up trailer for one of our most anticipated movies of 2014.

It's Official, Paul Rudd is Ant-Man

Marvel has launched “phase two” of their superhero movie series, which will culminate in 2015 with The Avengers: Age of Ultron. One movie that’s been in the works for some time has been Ant-Man, which will be directed by Edgar Wright.

Will Joaquin Phoenix Play Lex Luthor?

There’s been so much in the news lately about Batman Vs Superman, and comic fans are bracing themselves for what could be a huge disaster. We’re definitely keeping our minds open on this one, but there’s already quite a few warning signs that should not be ignored, especially the Bat-casting of Ben Affleck.

Xbox to Make Documentaries About Gaming

As we’ve just reported on TGD, Xbox is moving into creating their own TV shows, and rumor has it the first series may be Halo. Now there’s news that Xbox will be making documentaries about video games, and the first installment is going to be a doozy. 

Some Second Thoughts On the Lego Car

Okay, so we just reported that two grown men have spent a considerable amount of time building a full sized Lego car, and one of our writers found this a bit disturbing. Now here’s a different point of view…

Are These The Worst Movies of the Year?

I try to avoid bad movies as much as I can, and not bad movies that are fun, like Plan 9 From Outer Space. I mean really bad sh*t like Armageddon, movies that you wouldn’t watch again to get out of debt. In fact, it was that film, Batman and Robin, and the ’98 remake of Godzilla where I really had to draw a line in the sand and vow never to sit through anything that awful again. 

Nothing weird about grown men making life size Lego cars for fun

The legend of Lego lives long in air-powered locomotion courtesy of grown men who will need to be kept away from your kids at all costs. However, this life-sized Lego car is a marvel of Lego-gineering from the lads.

Can Drones Do Santa's Job?

Okay, hope nobody really young is reading this right now, but we all know there’s no such thing as Santa Claus, although it’s always been a wonderful myth. And in today’s day and age, it fun to think of the logistics required to travel around the world and give all the kiddies their toys. 

New Star Wars Free to Play Game to Launch Next Year

There was a point where the Star Wars video games were considered the way of the future, as innovative as the first movie when it was unleashed in 1977. Some even felt they could have picked up the mantle for Star Wars story telling where the movies dropped the ball.

The Story of Twitter is Heading to TV

The Social Network, the story of Facebook, was a hit film for David Fincher, and at one point it even inspired Brett Ratner to try and make a movie about the development of MTV using the same template. Now the story of Twitter may be using the same formula as well, this time as a television series.

FX Master Phil Tippett to Return to Jurassic World

If you’re a self-respecting geek, Phil Tippett is one of those names in FX that everyone in our brethren knows, along with Rick Baker (Men in Black), Greg Nicotero (Walking Dead), and many others. Tippett is the FX innovator who first broke through doing stop motion animation for Star Wars, and he also provided FX for RoboCop, Starship Troopers, and The Twilight films. (Please don’t hold that against him.)

Happy Birthday Steven Spielberg

When Steven Spielberg first broke through in the movie biz, it was inconceivable that somebody that young could be a director. And indeed, this was a period when young people were finally breaking through in Hollywood and telling their own stories, and the big Spiel made his mark pretty early.

Dolph Lundgren, Robots, Zombies: Do you really need more?

Suck it, Sharknado! We thought you had brought together the greatest confluence of B-movie cliches known to man. Well, you lose to this Battle of the Damned trailer. And, as a bonus, it is not too shabby looking.

Avatar Meets the Godfather?

So now we know that the next three Avatar films are going to be shot in New Zealand, and principal photography will probably begin some time late next year. This is definitely going to be an epic of science fiction, but Godfather epic? 

How Many More Pixels Do We Need?

In the age of Hi Def, we can see things sharper, and more realistically, than ever. But how sharp and realistic do we really need to see things? Are there times things can be so sharp they can feel unreal? And how much can the untrained eye really see? 

Apocalypse Preacher Meets Thy Doom

You may recall two years ago there was this preacher, Harold Camping, telling everyone the world was going to end on May 21, 2011. We hope none of you blew all your money, or did anything really insane like run down the street naked covered in blue paint because you thought the world was indeed coming to an end, because obviously it didn’t.

Joseph Gordon Levitt Confirmed For Sandman Adaptation

It was just announced that Joseph Gordon Levitt has expressed keen interest in the big screen version of Neil Gaiman’s classic graphic novel Sandman. Now it is indeed confirmed he’s onboard, not just as a star but as a director as well.

RoboCop Reboot to Open in Asia Before the US

As long time TGD readers know, we’ve been reporting on the importance of overseas box office for movies. Without the big bucks coming in from China especially, a lot of movies can’t earn their money back, let alone make a profit.